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Certificate in Speech and Hearing Foundations: Curriculum

Curriculum Details


The speech and hearing foundations certificate program consists of six courses. In this post-baccalaureate program, you’ll gain critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills, along with a comprehensive understanding of speech and hearing. Students learn from faculty with thorough experience in the field and graduate in one year, ready to pursue a master’s in speech pathology.


A study of the anatomic and physiologic bases for the development and use of speech, language, and hearing. The course focuses on the central and peripheral auditory mechanisms of the human body, and on the respiratory, phonatory, and articulatory mechanisms required for speech production.

A study of phonetic theories and the use of International Phonetic Alphabet symbols in analyzing, categorizing, and transcribing the sounds of the world’s languages, focusing on American English. The course emphasizes understanding the processes involved in the production of specific phonemes. The laboratory section of the course focuses on developing students’ skills in broad and narrow transcription.

An introduction to speech physiology and the instrumentation used to measure physiologic aspects of speech. Topics include a basic understanding of the acoustic theories of speech production, experience in acoustic instrumentation, recording, and analysis equipment and procedures, an overview speech perception, and clinical applications of the speech science theories, instrumentation, and procedures.

An examination of early language development research in phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. Theories of language acquisition and implications for practice are examined. Particular attention is given to the role of adults in language development and to the relationship between language development and cognitive development. Also listed as Education 311.

The essentials of hearing science and audiology, including acoustics, psychoacoustics; anatomy, physiology and pathologies of the hearing mechanism; and assessment and differential diagnosis of auditory function.

The study of the fundamental aspects of auditory rehabilitation, including individual and group amplification systems, auditory training, speech reading, and counseling with children and adults. Prerequisites: SPAUD 210, 217, 218 and 344.

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